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this is bbc world news. our top stories: the organisation behind the the oscars votes to expel harvey weinstein. a canadian hostage released by afghan militants speaks about his family's ordeal after being held in captivity it would be of incredible importance that we would be able to build a century brow surviving children to focus on edification and try to regain some portion of the child that they have lost. proposals for tougher sentences for the perpetrators of acid attacks. the government wants minimum jail terms of six months for repeat offenders. and a warning of heavy rain and gusts of up to 18 miles an hour as hurricane ophelia tears across the
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atla ntic towards hurricane ophelia tears across the atlantic towards the uk. in the past ten days, after numerous sexual assault allegations, harvey weinstein has been fired by his company, denounced by celebrities he helped launch to stardom and called a depraved predator by his own brother. tonight, hollywood's elite, the board of actors, directors and executives behind the oscars have voted overwhelmingly to expel him. they have said the era of shameful complicity and sexual predatory behaviour in their industry is over. the glitzy veneer which is hidden
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hollywood's darkest secrets has now been peeled back. harvey weinstein was credited with over 81 o been peeled back. harvey weinstein was credited with over 81 0 wins and over 300 nominations. awards which 110w over 300 nominations. awards which now seem tarnished. —— academy awards. this is a key moment for an industry which stands accused of developing a culture which made them feel that exploitation was a price they had to pay to get a job. harvey is not in the academy because everybody thought he was in a nice quy everybody thought he was in a nice guy 01’ everybody thought he was in a nice guy or played fair, it's because he has been a genius at picking and promoting films and so in that way, he has helped a lot of filmmakers. now he is also proof that he had another life as a sexual predator. and that hurts sony people. harvey weinstein‘s brother, bob, has called
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him sick and predator. he says they have barely spoken in five years and he is heartbroken for the women his brother had harmed and hopes he gets the justice he deserves. brother had harmed and hopes he gets thejustice he deserves. british actress alice evans is the latest star to claim harvey weinstein propositioned her. they met at the khan film festival in 2002. he says she asked her to go to a bathroom with him because he wanted to feel her breasts and said no. she said: the next time they met, she says that harvey weinstein ignored. harvey weinstein‘s downfall has been swift. harvey weinstein apologised. as the claims continued, he was
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sacked by his own company. and just days later, 13 more women published their stories in the new yorker magazine. including three accusations of rape which he strongly denies. there is now at least a realisation in hollywood that if change is to come, simply shrugging all looking the other way is no longer enough. tim gray is the senior vice president of variety and hejoins us from senior vice president of variety and he joins us from los angeles. thank you forjoining us. first off, just how momentous is this? it's big. the story broke a week ago. the allegations have been rumoured for yea rs allegations have been rumoured for years and years but when you saw people on the record giving these
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horrific details, i have been there for more than 30 years. i don't amend anything on this scale. obviously they had to be seen to act in this day and age. what next really, not only to the academy but for harvey. what has he lost? at this point, i can't imagine him ever working again. things happen, things change over the years. he may come back. i think he wants to come back. he isa back. i think he wants to come back. he is a total outcast. i don't think at this point anybody wants to work with him. i don't think anybody wa nts to with him. i don't think anybody wants to talk to him. urging the academy to kick him out and saying his brother is despicable. if you are looking to the definition
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ofan if you are looking to the definition of an outcast, that is harvey weinstein. john bailey, the president of the academy, has a task on his hands. that try to sort out diversity but also having to look at ethical standards. why won't be there in the first place? the academy used to be just an honour society. these are people who are really good at theirjob and they have programmes that give scholarships. they have not in the past decided to police hollywood and there are 8000 members in the academy and if you are going to check them all for morals, that is more than a full—time job because not just sexual morals more than a full—time job because notjust sexual morals but in terms of financial dealings, people's personal relationships. there are a lot of other members of the academy
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that have a lot to answer for. i honestly don't know how hard the academy is going to police this because i don't know if they have the power, the bandwidth to do —— bandwidth to do it. they had to make a statement. the british academy, they kicked out harvey weinstein a few days ago. if the american motion picture academy said we lament his behaviour, but we are leaving him a member. they look like apologists and collaborators. he can't be the only one. hollywood, you said this is all they are talking about, there was this acceptance there was behaviour, even in the statement, the academy say, ignorance, shameful complicity. are we expecting more names to be brought forward? more names to be brought forward? more names will come forward. i hope
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nobody at the extent of what harvey weinstein has done but i think there are sexual scandals going on and financial scandals. people are cheating other people here. i think it will happen. the interesting thing is for me, i've been hearing rumours about him for years. variety magazine editor tim, thank you. laura becker is in los angeles. people are looking at this as a powerful, strong, swift response. there has been an avalanche of story as with regards to harvey weinstein. when it comes to the academy itself, some are now asking questions. this isa some are now asking questions. this is a 54— board membership who have come up with this statement and if,
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as it appears to do, they want to change the culture of hollywood, this casting couch culture that we have heard throughout this week, then some are asking about other members, other members who have been accused of similar abuse. we're looking at bill cosby, roman polanski, who are still members of the academy board. what question being asked here it in hollywood is now, when it comes to the condemnation of harvey weinstein, will it stop there? do they really think that they can make a difference? many people are saying, it's not just in difference? many people are saying, it's notjust in hollywood, it's not just in the film industry, it's not just in the film industry, it's not just america. this is affecting women and men across many, many industries. it depends who you speak to. some of the younger members have spoken to quite young and up—and—coming actresses and some of
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the ways they describe auditions is actually quite depressing. what goes through their mind before they go through their mind before they go through an audition, whether they are worried about people in positions of power are going to ask them to do something they ask —— do something they find uncomfortable, thatis something they find uncomfortable, that is incredibly worrying. i spoke to the president of women in film, and she believes the era is changing. things are changing. she said that young people are aware they can report abuse and has set up a hotline for people to make calls. that's the response from hollywood we have seen before. women will feel empowered to do more in that kind of situation. these are allegations.
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harvey weinstein. we will bring you the latest. a canadian man kidnapped with his pregnant wife in afghanistan has been giving distressing details of the five years they spent in captivity. joshua boyle and caitlin coleman were released earlier this week after being held hostage by islamic extremists linked to the taliban. mr boyle told reporters his wife had been raped, and had given birth to 4 children in captivity — one of whom, a baby girl, he said had been murdered. john mcmanus reports. afghanistan — outside the capital many parts of the country remain in the grip of islamist militants. it was to hear that canadian joshua boyle and his heavily pregnant wife caitlin coleman travelled, he says to carry out aid work. but instead the couple were kidnapped by members of the haqqani network
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linked to the taliban. over five years their captors attempted to use them as bargaining chips, releasing a number of videos. in one of them the couple's children can be seen. all four were born in captivity. we are the worst to have a prisoner exchange with. on wednesday they were finally freed by pakistani forces the and arrived in toronto late last night where joshua boyle outlined their grim ordeal including the horrific murder of his daughter. the stupidity and the evil of the haqqani networks kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife engaged in helping ordinary villagers in taliban controlled regions of afghanistan was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorising the murder of my infant daughter. marta boyle. he said his wife was raped by the militants. the canadian government has welcomed the family's safe return home. i'm going to ask people to respect their privacy and understand they've been through an extremely difficult period right now. wii are going to ask people to
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respect there are five —— their privacy. they are going to differ in that it difficult period wiped out. ican that it difficult period wiped out. i can certainly say we are pleased that the ordeal they have been through over the past years has finally come to an end. joshua boyle's parents described talking to their son to the first time in five years. we were told the wonderful news that our family had been rescued. 20 minutes later we were allowed to actually talk with josh. that's the first time in five years. while both sets of grandparents are undoubtedly relieved, caitlin coleman's own father, jim, says his daughter should never have been taken to such a dangerous place. that we are able to build a secure sanctuary for oui’ three surviving children... butjoshua boyle says he now hopes his surviving children can start again. john mcmanus, bbc news. time to your headlines. harvey
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weinstein, hollywood producer, has been expelled from the academy that awards oscars after a string of allegations of sexual assault against women. a canadian kidnapped with his wife and held by the taylor band to nearly five years has spoken for the first time about his ordeal including the murder of their baby daughter. —— taliban. top sentences for the perpetrators of acid attacks. cautious welcome for proposals the minimum jail terms. now we turn to the bbc sports centre. despite stoke pulling it back,
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manchester city kept on scoring in what was arguably the most one—sided premier league emma biss either. pep guardiola said it was his side was the finest is becoming manager.m course, we are happy to do that. that may premier league history. when we liberal, we didn't lose in the world. we played simple, fast and simple, so as well to play fast. that is why am very pleased. elsewhere, crystal palace recorded the first of the season as they beat chelsea at selhurst park. is managing to hold despite an onslaught from chelsea. robson is
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something happy with the result. ra rely something happy with the result. rarely injail, i had to say. is that players to the deserted region that players to the deserted region that victory cannot. the players. they deserved a bit. we can did lots of good chances. i think we'll good for the first minute to the last. of good chances. i think we'll good for the first minute to the lastm was a satisfying win. in the a perfect artificial a fixed a valiant attempt this 1—1. liverpool and manchester united played out a mackerel and draw. tottenham hotspur scraped past bournemouth 1—0 and watford, up to fourth in the table, after winning 2—1. watford, up to fourth in the table,
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after winning 2-1. everybody's happy now. it is important to me. the important points. the rest and will announce the match. the lot of games to play, the fights. we stand good moment, so we need to keep it going. in the champions cup, and when the extra of glasgow. the post to make. the denied in the bonus point. a slate, to opens the shell. ——. ——
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elsewhere, harlequins. now somebody sitting. the last race races at camden were abandoned earlier this evening after a stable had was kicked by a racehorse. it is understood that the person assumes the injured. that was attended the incident before the penultimate race at quarter to nine was caught. and of course, the bill addison that is the missing on the bbc sport website. then, had a good living. about an hour. again. we have plenty coming out, including our papers chat at 1130. first, taking some similar front chat at 1130. first, taking some similarfront pages. the observer reports on what it
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describes as a savage attack on the head of the nhs by the children's commissioner over the lack of children's mental health provision. the mail on sunday's headline is that every patient visiting a family doctor, or attending a hospital appointment in england will be asked to declare their sexual orientation. the sunday times leads on the same story — saying some have warned of a backlash against intrusion into the private lives of patients. the paper also reports on the investigation being made by police in the uk — over rape allegations against harvey weinstein in the 1980's. the sunday telegraph says theresa may is coming under pressure by the dup — over the chancellor's position on brexit — suggesting he was trying to frustrate the negotiating process — and that he should face the sack, unless he changes course. here, tougher prison sentences are being proposed to tackle acid attacks. they've more than doubled in britain in the past five years and the home office is proposing
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a minimum six month jail term for anyone repeatedly caught carrying corrosive substances. there are some disturbing images at the start of alexandra mackenzie's report. acid attacks can have devastating consequences. there were more than 400 in the uk between november 2016 and april this year. the agony of the aftermath of an acid attack in east london injuly. delivery driverjaved hussain said it melted his motorbike helmet, which saved his face from long—term damage. he is calling for tougher sentencing for those involved. i started screaming. then i realised that's acid. i was just screaming on the street. crying forwater, like, getting more dry and getting more worse. and i thought my face has been destroyed. i think he should be punished for that, because he wanted to destroy somebody‘s identity, destroy somebody‘s face. the government wants to give police more powers to prevent such assaults. i think it's really important that we send out a very strong message that, you know, carrying a corrosive substance in a public place unless you've got a really good reason to have it isjust totally u na cce pta ble. speak to any victim of an acid attack and they'll be living with lifelong scars. it's absolutely right that we take this as seriously as any knife attack.
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under the home office proposals it would be an offence to possess a corrosive substance in public. there would be a ban on the sale of such substances to anyone under 18. and people caught carrying acid twice in public would receive a mandatory minimum six—month prison sentence if over the age of 18. what it'll do is allow us to bring more charges and convictions when it comes to carrying these substances even before they are being used. at the minute we have to prove the intent, the fact why you're carrying that substance. these proposals look to change that. the home office says victims and survivors are at the heart of everything they're doing to reduce the number of acid attacks. but some say the new proposals just don't go far enough and more needs to be done to bring those responsible to justice. london has been worst affected. and police are being issued with test kits to check the contents of suspicious bottles of liquid.
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they're also being given protective gloves and water bottles so they can treat victims quickly. together with the proposed new laws, officers hope it'll prevent more attacks. alexandra mackenzie, bbc news. one of the world's most isolated outposts joined the 21st century today when the british island of st heleena welcomed its first commercialflight. millions of pounds of uk taxpayers money has been spent building an airport on the remote island in the south atlantic. but the project has been plagued by accusations of incompetence. it's hoped that weekly flights, departing from south africa, will boost tourism and make the island more self—sufficient. alistair leithead was on the first flight and sent this report. the champagne was flowing for what was an extraordinary flight.
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after £250 million, months of delays, and a problem with high winds that labelled it the world's most useless airport, the first commercial flight finally touched down on st helena. the government paid for the new airport, to bring in tourists and give the subsidised economy a well needed boost. but then they discovered wind shear that made it too dangerous for passenger planes to land. the islands governor greeted the first passengers to arrive, now they have worked out a way round it. darwin came here in the 19th century and complained about the wind. the department for international development has been criticised for not realising. no, it is not a cock—up at all. this is a remote island in the middle of the south atlantic ocean. we have many, many challenges here. wind shear is just one of them and we have overcome it. well, standing here
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you can understand what the trouble is all about. this is a rock in the middle of the atlantic ocean. that gale that is blowing is just an average breezy day, and it is unpredictable. planes have been struggling to land. that is why they have the small aircraft to do the job. so, not quite as many tourists to take in the scenery and the history. this is where napoleon died in exile. his old house is now part of france. with a500 people, it is a close community. the average wage is just £7,000. british aid subsidises most things. what do you think about this flight that is coming in now? it is absolutely awesome, it is wonderful. it is popular, and you were up there yourselves today, and saw all the clapping. it is really an island event. after a lot of fuss and a lot of money, saints, as they are called, are hoping for a silver lining. alastair leithead, bbc news, st helena.
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in albuqerque thousands of people have gathered to watch this mass ascension of hot air balloons on the last weekend of the international balloon fiesta in new mexico. the festival — which is held against the backdrop of the region's desert landscape — includes inflatable characters hovering over the city, as well as hundreds of traditional hot air balloons. aid due to false site. look at that. —— what a beautiful sight. kadima twin for that. but we have wind coming our way there in the uk. we have struggled in coming our way.
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we have struggled in coming our way. we have struggled in coming our way. we have had a category three hurricane and, closer european shores. it is. you can see the well—defined icon at the indication ofa well—defined icon at the indication of a strong storm. major hurricane. it is going to have limited effect on us, but it will have an indirect effect by pushing the air our way. —— pushing me. —— pushing the air. this could be among the night. —— elsewhere, harlequins. outbreaks of rainfall the highlands and enemies. balfou rs rainfall the highlands and enemies. balfours with later on. council is done throughout the day. rehn will easily from the north, but tone deaf across parts of scotland and northern ireland. the el particularly in the west, with outbreaks in the east making it feel a pleasant indeed. taking you into the afternoon, looking around, soshnin will come out at times after that with morning across the
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highlands. the rain will cross other parts of central and western scotla nd parts of central and western scotland throughout the day. much of england and wales will be dry. that is into western areas with a bit of a breeze. the temperatures you can see in the chart, about 23 celsius. we go to sunday night on a one note, but what was hurricane ophelia will no longer be by the time it reaches oui’ no longer be by the time it reaches our shores. a significant error of location you. the island will get the struggles civilians. weather warnings are the salesman and western parts. lama nicolas will strengthen. there is even an muzza now, having disruption. we'll see radical scotland, too. cruel
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conditions in. what the fuss is about. it is up to 23 or 2a degrees. into tuesday, strong winds into southern parts of scotland and northern england. they will have an impact on tuesday morning. this is bbc nes. headlines: hollywood producer harvey weinstein has been expelled from the oscars board — the academy of motion picture arts and sciences after allegations he assaulted a string of women. a canadian kidnapped with his wife and held for nearly five years by the taliban has been talking of their ordeal — including the murder of their baby daughter. and a warning of damaging wind gusts to come as hurricane ophelia heads
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